amongst their most iconic products, arper debuted new designs, previews and updated collections at salone del mobile 2018. their stand, occupying an area of nearly 900 square meters, enabled visitors to immerse themselves and discover within an exhibition setting. the theme highlighted ‘together’ and, as such, emphasized the importance of relationships in the art of furniture design, especially how this influences the brand’s six values: balance, intuition, family, color, lightness and play.

 

their latest offering, ‘kiik’ by iwasaki design studio, exemplified as a synthesis of all these principles. during NYCxDESIGN, arper bring the collection to the new museum in the form of four VR experiences, ‘IN SITU’. 

 

at arper’s salone del mobile stand – explore a 360º view here

 

 

first revealed at salone del mobile 2018, the arperkiik’ by iwasaki design studio can be described as ‘constellations for activity’. the modular collection of seating, tables, ottomans and consoles, which can be arranged as a myriad of configurations, is ideal for moments of work, gatherings or relaxation.


arper ‘kiik’ collection
image © marco covi (main image also)

 

 

as well as its modular nature, ‘kiik’ is available in a variety of material finish options, such as upholstery textures and colors, enabling it to further complement any setting. the minimal yet strong base structure supports softly sculpted seats with or without backrests, whilst the tables are shaped as triangles, circles, squares or rectangles. the diverse results address the needs of all interiors, be it waiting rooms, lounges, workspaces, meeting areas and mixed-use spaces.


arper ‘paravan’ with straight panels
image © marco covi

 

 

much like how it was able to define intimate spaces within the brand’s stand at salone del mobile, the ‘paravan’ by lievore altherr is a modular language of sound absorbing panels. by combing the graceful lines of the design, which appear like parenthesis to enclose conversation, a new space within a much larger area can be created. this is to support focus, concentration and even collaborations between small groupings.


‘paravan’ with curved panels
image © marco covi

 

 

the ‘paravan’ designs are architectural in execution but sculptural in form, as it is shaped with either straight or rounded corners. furthermore, with a variety of material finishes to ensure customization, the pieces add to the pattern, color and, especially, the rhythm of the setting. it is suited for open interiors, such as lounges, co-working and contract use spaces.


the ‘arcos’ collection with the lounge chair (left) and three-seat couch (right)
image © marco covi

 

 

also designed by lievore altherr, the ‘arcos’ collection has been updated to include a three-seat couch alongside the two-seater option, chair and lounge chair. with the increase in size, the design is expansive in form yet minimal in expression. it retains the family’s sled base and integrated armrests – made of polished or powder-coated aluminum – to reference an image of classical archways and architecture. completed, the collection can now be used to create different seating environments in residential and contract interiors.


arper ‘cross’ table
image © marco covi

 

 

designed by metrica, the sleek yet spacious ‘cross’ table has grown to a new height of 105 cm. this new offering ensures to deliver a flexible, supportive workspace with two tabletop shapes available: one for creative and collaborative meeting, and the second for quick and informal moments. adorning a clean white fenix laminate, the sturdy structure further supports creativity and adaptability with a central outlet of sockets for computers.


the white italian marble ‘dizzie’ tables
image © marco covi

 

 

concluding the collection’s organic and now renowned silhouette, the ‘dizzie’ tables by lievore altherr molina have been expanded to include white italian marble tabletops. this is available in a bar and side table size, with the former’s base only available in white and the latter’s available in a noir sable option as well. the sleek and now even more sophisticated design is ideal for home, hospitality and contract interiors.


the ‘duna 02’ chair with a wooden base
image © marco covi

 

 

said to be ‘inspired by nature and in the service of nature’, the timeless silhouette of the ‘duna 02’ chair by lievore altherr molina has been re-imagined as an eco-friendly edition. its sustainable shell, appearing like a soft and enveloping flower, is now aligned with its source of inspiration as it is constructed from 100% recycled post-industrial material. available in an anthracite color, the version is completed with an option of four leg bases, which are powder-coated steel or timber.


‘pix’ cubo ottomans
image © marco covi

 

 

in the spirit of play, the soft ‘pix’ cubo ottomans are like building blocks that can be easily combined to create endless compositions for interiors. the modular poufs, which are shaped as square or rectangular silhouettes, are as comfortably as they look and are available in a whole palette of colors. in combination with the ‘kiik’ collection, the iwasaki design studio-created ‘pix’ creates a complementing addition of versatility.

 

for the collection’s presentation in new york, four virtual environments – flow, cupula, frame, and tower – each feature a unique architectural iteration of the objects. designed by barcelona-based studio maio in collaboration with jeannette altherr of lievore altherr, and digitized by american artist and designer tom hancocks, the environments explore the possibilities of a virtual architecture and its ability to convey particular emotional qualities.

 

 

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